Letter of recommendation: two podcasts to help you find your best fit college

Posted by Madison on 8/16/19 11:00 AM

Following up on my previous post, I'm going to post a 3-part series on what resources you can use to help find your perfect college fit. Are you ready? Get excited. And, if you are not excited, go back to my first post and remind yourself to stop stressing and breathe. Go back in time and remember when you were a tiny human, eyeballing the toys at the toy store and scrutinizing every last detail before making the decision as to which one your heart most desired. This car is icy blue. Ah yes, but this one has flames down the side. Hmm, but wait…this one makes a “vroom” sound. Choosing a school is about being a little (or a lot) picky because, after all, it needs to fit you.

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Tags: admissions coaching, college, college admssions

Tips for Studying Effectively for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Marisa on 7/29/19 11:00 AM

It can be overwhelming to think about studying for the SAT or ACT. Where do you even start? In this post, I’ll outline a few key strategies to guide you through your test preparation.

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Tags: test anxiety, ACT, SAT, college, college admssions

How to build a smart, non-crazy-making college list

Posted by Madison on 7/9/19 2:19 PM

The college application process can seem totally daunting. No surprises there. The standardized test date that looms in the distance as you study into the nights, combing the recesses of your mind trying to remember the difference between a conjunctive adverb and a subordinating conjunction from that one grammar lecture in third grade. The deep preliminary introspection you dive into at the first glance of a sample application prompt as you ponder who you are and what you shall become. The sudden influx of shiny college brochures at the end of the driveway, your overstuffed mailbox seemingly weighed down by the decision that awaits you. Suddenly, family members start sporting their college sweatshirts - emblazoned with crests and mottos - around you as they casually drop their alma mater into every conversation. All at once, you begin to notice university-branded bumper stickers on every passing car. The question that seemingly defines your ENTIRE future bombards you on every side: Where will you go? Where will you spend the nascent years of your adulthood? There. Is. No. Escape.

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Tags: college admssions

When should I take my SAT subject tests?

Posted by Martha C. on 7/5/19 5:24 PM

Planning for the SAT subject tests is one piece of the college admissions process that oftentimes goes overlooked.  They are forgotten for good reason: in the midst of planning for your AP and honors coursework, juggling your extracurricular activities, and studying for the SAT or ACT, planning for the subject tests can fall by the wayside.

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Tags: math SAT subject test, literature SAT subject test, french sat subject test, chemistry SAT subject test, biology SAT subject test, spanish SAT subject test, chinese SAT subject test, physics SAT subject test, college admssions

What to Wear on Test Day (Seriously)

Posted by Alex S on 5/29/19 5:26 PM

[caption: Actually not a bad idea]

Advice for test day is easily doled out, and often hard to actually follow.

Don’t cram the night before. Sleep as much as you possibly can. Eat a real, but not heavy breakfast, with only as much caffeine as you normally have. These are your goals, at least.

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Tags: study skills, college, college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part III: Beyond the Numbers

Posted by Sofía on 3/4/19 6:45 PM

 

Tell a story that your stats just can’t

In my previous post in this series, I explored all the quantitative components of your application: grades, test scores, the deadlines you’ll choose, and even applying for financial aid. These stats form the backbone of your application, but there are also several open-ended parts that you will need to flesh out.

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Tags: college, college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part II: Stats, Scores, and Paperwork, Oh My!

Posted by Sofía on 2/27/19 3:38 PM

Tackling the College Application Beast

You already know that applying to college involves a bunch of moving parts, and it can be a scary process to undertake (let alone hit “submit” on!). To make it feel a bit more attainable, let’s go through it piece by piece. In this post I’ll provide an overview of decision timelines, the logistics of applying, and the major empirical components of the Common Application. Even if you’re applying somewhere that uses a different application portal, you’ll find some version of each of these components there, too. In Part III, we’ll cover the application components that will allow for a bit more storytelling and creative expression.

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Tags: college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part I: The Search and the Setup

Posted by Sofía on 2/4/19 5:52 PM

Everyone and their mother seems to have advice about college…

...but well-meaning uncles and even teachers sometimes forget how much work it is to apply to college. People talk about how exciting it is and how you’ll be taking the next step towards your future, but they don’t always mention that the process is stressful, too. Not only do you have to research the colleges you want to apply to, study for the SATs, write a personal statement essay and a bunch of supplements, fill out financial aid forms, ask teachers for letters of recommendation, and do some interviews, but you’re somehow also supposed to keep your grades up, study for AP tests, and continue with your extracurricular activities. I’m not going to lie: it’s a lot.

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Tags: college admissions, college, college admssions

How to Write A Résumé In High School

Posted by Martha C. on 1/30/19 5:16 PM

This may be the first time you're writing your own résumé, and the task can feel daunting.  You may be asking questions like: how do I write about myself?  How do I highlight my very little experience?  What is the format of a résumé?

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Tags: high school, college admssions

How to Write a Successful Personal Statement

Posted by Grace H. on 1/25/19 9:31 AM

The personal statement is an integral part of a job or school application because it showcases the applicant’s personality in an intimate way. The resume is a list of objective accomplishments and successes that the applicant has earned, but the personal statement highlights passion and aspirations that cannot be listed in simple bullet points. Although the personal statement should further boost the applicant’s strengths and qualifications for the program, it should not be a summary of the resume. A successful personal statement is one that tells a story which ties the person’s history and life events to their current desires and future goals if accepted into their applied program. Although there is no cookie cutter approach to drafting the perfect personal statement, it should be a concise essay that gives specific anecdotes leading up to your desired career path, explains why you would be a good fit in this field and ultimately demonstrates your capacity to exceed at the position you are pursuing.

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Tags: graduate admissions, college admssions